PANAJI: Outgoing Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) Mayor Uday Madkaikar has informed that it earned revenue of Rs 70,000 by fining the people for not wearing of masks within its jurisdiction.
“The CCP earned a revenue of Rs 70,000 from slapping a fine on people for not wearing a mask in our jurisfiction,” said Uday
He said they did not want to harass people, but some tourists had been creating a ruckus during our enforcement drives. This is a pan-India SOP. People should visit Goa, but they should not take the state’s people for granted. The objective of wearing masks was to keep everyone safe from the coronavirus.”
He further informed that not just the tourists, but locals were also fined by the City Corporation for breaking the face mask rule within its jurisdiction in Panjim.
“The District Collectors havd already instructed all the municipalities and panchayats to take action against people, found violating the mandatory norm,” he added
The Mayor further said that they welcome tourists, but the latter should also know that without wearing of masks they are putting themselves as well as people in Goa to danger.
Goa recently increased the fine for not wearing masks to Rs200, far lower than the penalty being enforced in other parts of the country, like Rs2,000 in Delhi and Rs5,000 in Himachal Pradesh.
Speaking on the Baiguinim waste management plant, Madkaikar informed that the work will begin in the next few days.
“This plant will be important for the city as well as surrounding areas, CCP handed over the 1.71 lakh square metres of land to the government in September 2017,” he added